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Wildlife in Norfolk

Blue Tits at Strumpshaw Fen

Our base in Great Yarmouth is perfect to explore some of the country’s superb and often unique wildlife.

Norfolk is blessed with a wide diversity of habitats making it one of the best counties for birdwatching, any time of the year.
The county boasts between 4oo and 5oo species of bird to observe such as the elegant Marsh Harrier, the Booming Bittern, Crane, Great White Egret, Spoonbill, the list goes on. We also have some very rare visitors. Covering over 100 miles of beautiful coastline in addition to our many marshes, dunes, fens, heathland, woods, forests and rivers, we are in the perfect place.

It’s not just the amazing birdlife we can be very proud to host in Norfolk, there is of course the enormous Seal population swelling beaches close by during the winter breeding season, Norfolk Hawker Dragonfly from May to July, and UKs largest butterfly, the Swallowtail during the summer plus a lot, lot more.
We have first hand knowledge of some of the places you can visit around us, all of which, have varying species to observe, and we are very happy to advise and discuss what it is you’d like to see.
This is a list of the many reserves etc we have visited lately starting with the closest to us, time distance to travel there and who owns the reserve:

Great Yarmouth dunes and beach – 5 minute walk – Free for all
Breydon Water and Berney Marshes - 20 minute walk/ 8 minute drive – RSPB
Strumpshaw Fen – 30 minute drive – RSPB
Buckenham Marshes – 34 minute drive – RSPB
Hickling Broad – 34 minute drive – NWT
Foxley Wood – 55 minute drive – NWT
Sculthorpe Moor – 67 minute drive – Hawk and Owl Trust
Cley Marshes – 74 minute drive – NWT
Lakenheath Fen - 79 minute drive – RSPB
Titchwell Marsh – 95 minute drive – RSPB
Snettisham - 98 minute drive – RSPB
There are many more reserves and places to see Norfolk’s wildlife but, as yet we haven’t had time to visit.

With us also being so close to the Suffolk border, there are a couple more reserves we have visited that are also well worth a go:

Carlton Marshes – 27 minute drive – SWT
Minsmere – 60 minute drive – RSPB

You won’t be disappointed with a visit to see Norfolk’s wildlife, and we hope you’d like to stay with us here in Great Yarmouth.

Best wishes. Gary and Julie